Over the past several weeks I've been busy traveling around Australia as Locum GP. My work has taken me to New South Wales, Tasmania as well as rural parts of Western Australia. I have to say that it's been a privilege to help out at the Medical Centres that I've attended and to meet the dedicated and delightful people who work there.
The other great thing about going to these particular destinations is that they feature in one of the books that I'm now talking to a Publisher about. Captain John Scully came to New South Wales in 1837 in charge of the convict ship the Vincent. After a short stint overseeing a Chained road crew he resigned his commission and left for Western Australia where he became a farmer, an explorer and the Resident Magistrate in a small settlement called Toodyay. In those days, all travellers to NSW stopped in Hobart, Tasmania - hence my great interest in my Medical placements.
As far as the book goes, there's still lots of work to do on the final draft, but it's almost there.
The other book I'm currently editing is a short story. It's a fantasy woven around Charles Dickens and some of the more colourful characters in his books. Did Dickens do them a disservice? Were some of his more hideous characters maligned by his descriptions? These are the questions that a little boy in Cincinnati Ohio asks himself in 2016. If only he could ask the man himself!
I am yet to talk to a publisher about this one, but if you're reading this Oprah, I'm sure that you'll love it!!
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